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Are Big Ears Hereditary?

Portrait of funny, sweet, little, charismatic girl touching her long hair.When it comes to genetic traits, there are good ones and bad ones. Expectant parents may hope to pass on her blue eyes or his fast metabolism, but they may also hope to not pass on her allergies or his big ears. Unfortunately, big ears can be inherited, but their appearance can be surgically improved. Otoplasty can correct and normalize the appearance of the ears to improve facial balance and attractiveness.

Understanding Genetic Traits

Genetic traits are characteristics that are passed down from generation to generation. Every individual has a unique set of genes that determine everything about how the body looks and functions. All of your genes came from your biological parents, which is why family members tend to look alike. However, because there is incredible variation in genetic makeups, you and your siblings could still be quite different. Even if you have 10 siblings, you could be the only one to inherit your mother’s blue eyes. Genes also come in pairs, and if one is dominant, it will override the other. This is why brown eyes are more common than blue eyes— brown eyes are a dominant gene.

Every person will inherit genes from their parents that affect the shape, size, and prominence of their ears. It is not uncommon to see large, protruding ears passed down from parent to child. Prominent ears affect only one or two percent of the human population, which means that affected individuals may stick out in a crowd due to the unusual appearance and size of their ears.

Otoplasty for Large Ears

Otoplasty Patient of Dr. ConradLarge ears can offset facial balance, sometimes so profoundly that the ears are the first thing you notice about the person. Children, especially, are not always understanding of physical differences, which means that many children who inherit big ears might be teased, ridiculed, and bullied by their peers. As a result, these children may become self-conscious and develop psychological or emotional issues. Adults with large ears, even if they are well-adjusted, may find that the size of their ears affects their quality of life. Big ears can be off-putting to potential romantic partners and may also affect other social and work opportunities. By undergoing this procedure, it may aid in self-confidence in your work and personal life.

Otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can be performed on children or adults to improve the appearance of the ears. Candidates as young as six or seven who have stable ear cartilage and realistic expectations can undergo a simple surgery to correct this genetic abnormality. In addition to ear size, otoplasty can also correct ear protrusion, deformities, and shape. The results of otoplasty are permanent and can profoundly improve the appearance of your ears.

Just because you inherited your parent’s big ears doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with them forever. Otoplasty can reduce ear size and improve facial balance to give you a more attractive and natural-looking appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Conrad would be pleased to perform your otoplasty procedure and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To learn more about this procedure, call (316) 681-2227 or complete our online contact form today.

Before and After OtoplastyDid you know that well over one million American men underwent surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the last year alone*? Plastic surgery can enhance your appearance and give you a competitive edge in your social and work life. Here are eight reasons to improve your appearance with male plastic surgery procedures.

1. Reduce Facial Aging

Is your forehead lined with heavy wrinkles? Do you have deep hollows beneath your eyes? Do people around you frequently comment that you look tired, angry, or sad? Wrinkles and hollows are signs of aging skin and can be corrected with non-surgical treatments. Dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce facial wrinkles and lines so that your face looks smooth, young, relaxed, and refreshed.

2. Improve Sagging Eyelids and Bags Under the Eyes

Excess lines or skin above the eyes is caused by sagging upper eyelid skin. Bags under the eyes are caused by displaced fat. Both issues detract from your appearance and can make you look significantly older than you feel. You can recapture your youthful appearance from the glory days with eyelid surgery to tighten the tissues of your eyelids and smooth away wrinkles and bags.

3. Eliminate Jowls, Wrinkles, and Sagging in the Lower Face and Neck

Men and women both suffer the effects of aging. Over time, gravity can take a toll and leave you with heavy jowls, folds, sagging, a double chin, and visible muscle bands. A facelift with a neck lift can eliminate these issues to improve definition in your jawline, neck, and face. After this surgery, you could look as much as five to 10 years younger.

4. Get Rid of Stubborn Fat

A lot of men are dismayed when they discover that their high school days of gorging on pizza and junk food without gaining weight are gone. Over time, the metabolism slows down and the body tends to pack on the pounds. With procedures like tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and CoolSculpting®, men can get rid of stubborn fat. These procedures target fat deposits to restore a leaner and more toned figure.

5. Flatten a Beer Belly

The abdomen is one of the main fat deposits in the body. If yours has developed a bit of a paunch, or even if it has turned into a full-blown beer belly, tummy tuck surgery may be able to help you. This surgery can eliminate stubborn belly fat and tighten your core muscles and sagging skin to give you a flatter, more masculine abdomen.

6. Masculinize Your Chest

Some men have overdeveloped breast tissue or excess fat in the chest that gives them the appearance of male breasts. This disconcerting condition is known as gynecomastia and can cause embarrassment and discomfort. Male breast reduction is an excellent procedure that can remove the excess breast tissue and fat to permanently improve your chest contours.

7. Tighten Sagging Skin

Aging and gravity both take a toll on the skin, causing it to sag almost anywhere on the body. Whether you have sagging skin on your belly, arms, thighs, or elsewhere, there’s a procedure for you. Some of the most popular surgeries that tighten sagging skin are tummy tuck surgery and arm lift surgery.

8. Enhance Facial Features

For some men, it’s not a battle against aging but rather a battle against genetics. For instance, if you have a naturally weak, recessed chin, you may have a harder time presenting yourself with masculine confidence. A chin implant can add definition to your jawline to improve your facial structure and portray a more confident look. Likewise, rhinoplasty (one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among men) can redefine your nose for better facial balance and attractiveness. Finally, otoplasty can make large ears smaller or make ears that stick out lie flatter against the head. These procedures can enhance your facial features to improve your appearance.

Men have as much to gain from plastic surgery as women. If you would like to learn more about procedures that could improve your appearance, request your consultation with Dr. Matthew Conrad. Call (316) 681-2227 or contact us online to get in touch with us today.

*Statistic provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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